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Smokers Approved for Dental Implants Don’t Have Free Rein

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Dental Implants, Oral Surgery | Comments Off on Smokers Approved for Dental Implants Don’t Have Free Rein

You may have read articles and seen news features proclaiming that smoking doesn’t have to limit you from dental implants. In fact, even videos that warn about lower success rates due to smoking often close with the comforting news that these issues can be mitigated. While it is certainly true that dental implant technology has improved extensively over the years (e.g. the development of protein film-coated implants that improve integration), that doesn’t mean they are a cure-all for smokers. Many smokers have weak gums and will likely need a graft in order to support their implants. And even if they do get a graft, that healthy tissue could be wiped away if changes aren’t made. While a temporary hiatus from smoking may help your initial recovery, the site outlines why this habit could ruin your implants down the line:  Why is smoking bad for your oral health? Decreased levels of oxygen in the blood leads to a weakened immune system and leaves your mouth vulnerable to infection. This means that bacteria found in your mouth can more easily build-up and infiltrate your gums. The bacteria can quickly destroy gum flesh, causing it to recede and become loose and unhealthy. The gums help to anchor teeth in place, so when their health is compromised teeth can become loose and potentially fall out. When gum disease progresses it can affect the bones and surrounding flesh, causing them to break down, too. Studies have shown that those who smoke are two times more likely to contract gum disease than those who don’t. There are toothpastes and mouthwashes available on the market produced specifically for those who use tobacco products, however they are not nearly as effective at treating oral issues brought on by smoking as getting rid of the habit is. These products are generally more harsh and abrasive in an attempt to target destructive bacteria but they have no effect in restoring enamel, reversing tooth rot, root rot, gum rot, or preventing any kind of cancer. Read full article at . . . An abstract found on the NCBI website also backs up this article’s concerns. Again, this study gives positive information about the improvements of implant technology, but it also warns dentists that they need to notify their patients of all the risks if they smoke. For instance, oral maintenance will be much more stringent if a patient continues to smoke. And patients who smoke are at risk for peri-implantitis, or inflammation, around the surgical site. In short, you may not have as much free rein as a smoker as you may think. Although dentists recommend abstaining from smoking for a brief time, it may be better to consider giving up the habit if you can. Thankfully, data from shows that the habit is in decline: CDC: Fewer U.S. adults smoke now than in 2005 The news is mostly positive, as the percentage of U.S. adults who smoke cigarettes declined from 20.9% in 2005 to 15.1% in 2015, and the proportion of those identified as daily smokers declined from 16.9% to 11.4%, according to lead author Ahmed Jamal, MBBS, and colleagues in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (November 11, 2016, Vol. 65:44, pp. 1205-1211). “The [U.S.] Surgeon General has concluded that the burden of death and disease from tobacco use in the United States is overwhelmingly caused by cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products,” the authors wrote.   “. . . Proven population-based interventions, including tobacco price increases, comprehensive smoke-free laws, antitobacco mass media campaigns, and barrier-free access to tobacco cessation counseling and medications, are critical to...

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Why Our Kids May Need Dental Implants Sooner Rather Than Later

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Dental Implants, Featured, Oral Surgery | Comments Off on Why Our Kids May Need Dental Implants Sooner Rather Than Later

When you conjure up the image of a person with missing permanent teeth, you probably don’t think of a child. However, this is an entirely possible scenario, and often due to trauma of some sort. But what is less likely and more surprising is kids losing teeth due to secondary conditions, like obesity, or bad habits, like smoking. It’s not news that the U.S. is one of the fattest countries in the world, and our bad dietary habits are trickling down to our kids. While the stigma of “being fat” can harm a child’s self-image, there are a whole host of issues to deal with: increased risk of heart disease, depression, diabetes, joint issues, loss of mobility, etc. Obesity can even increase the risk for oral issues, like losing teeth. Tooth loss is heavily tied with gum health, which obesity can wreak havoc on. For instance, a study conducted by Diabetes Care found some staggering results in regards to obese children and their gum health: Study finds 99% of obese kids have inflamed gums The vast majority of overweight and obese children show signs of gingivitis, according to a study in Diabetes Care. While the study was relatively small, the authors highlight the need for a multidisciplinary approach to care for children with excess body fat. Researchers from Argentina and California wanted to see if excess body fat in children was tied to a number of inflammatory conditions. They hypothesized that overweight and obese kids may also have periodontal disease because of the inflammatory processes of other diseases associated with obesity, such as insulin resistance (Diabetes Care, October 14, 2016). “Obesity, considered a global epidemic by the World Health Organization, represents one of the most serious health problems in both children and adults,” wrote the authors, led by Patricia Lucia Casavalle. “In Argentina, [obesity] and [overweight] prevalence in childhood and adolescence has increased in the last decades to 34.6% of school children.” Almost 99% of obese children and 85% of overweight children had at least some gingival inflammation. The researchers also found a statistically significant correlation between children with gingivitis and insulin resistance, a condition in which cells don’t respond properly to glucose. Read full article here . . . Although this study has been criticized for not having a wide enough pool for samples, it’s still worth learning more about. If young overweight children are at such an extreme risk for periodontal disease, then parents need to not only strategize with their family doctor, but with their dentist as well. Sadly, while dental implants are a fantastic and popular solution today for missing teeth, children cannot get these because their jaws are still growing. This means that a child with missing teeth may have to opt for less-than-ideal appliances until he or she gets older. While the obesity epidemic is certainly a factor in children getting gum disease and losing teeth, parents also need to consider any lifestyle habits as well. While children and teens often pick up the eating habits of their parents, they may also pick up bad habits from parents and friends. One recent trend that teens are picking up is vaping. And these e-cigarettes are becoming much more popular than standard cigarettes among teens. There is a lot of misinformation out there, and some teens think that vaping is actually safer! While programs like D.A.R.E. have been used for years to stave off teen drug use, parents and dentists need to be sure that they are educating teens. Like obesity, Medline Plus says that e-cigarettes are terrible for gum health: E-Cigarettes Not Good to Gums, Study Finds...

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